The Void (2017)

The Void (2017)

 

Have you ever read H.P. Lovecraft and wished that they would make a movie based on one of his books that didn’t completely suck?

Wish and want no longer.

Although it doesn’t follow the plot of any of H.P.’s writings, the presence of the Godfather of Eldritch Otherworldly Horror is clearly present.

Mad cultists, unspeakable horrors, a zealous religious leader destined to open a gate to another world where Old Unknown or Forgotten Gods seek to destroy all humanity and claim our world as their own.

 

iWritten by and directed by Steven Kostanski, The film begins in a Rob Zombie-esque escape scene by two people in the middle of nowhere.

When they arrive at a local hospital that is a few days shy of being shuttered, a series of events so unspeakable begin that you are left wondering just what will happen next.

A small town policeman seeks to maintain order.

A hospital staff tries to remain safe and sane in the presence of wildly unpredictable stand-offs.

A pair of hunters attempt to seek revenge.

In the midst, the ever-present danger of a group of insane cultists try to gain entry into the hospital and do the work of some mysterious entity/ies for some equally crazy and inexplicable reason.

The quality of the special effects is outstanding.

The plotline if any holes are present, which I didn’t notice, is swallowed up by the impending dread that is felt almost immediately in the movie.

By the end of the film, you are left in high anticipation as it finally becomes clear who and what is pulling strings.

The action is fast paced, and as the film revs up to speed, you are left with a full-throttle flick with the absolute best sense of imminent disaster that I have seen in a very long time.

 

It is a small budget film, but it certainly doesn’t feel like one.

There may be a moment or two when creature effects don’t quite hit the mark but taken as a whole the film shines.

You feel that just off-screen there is some incredible menace, some horrible terror that is even beyond imagining of what you see on screen.

If you are a Lovecraft fan or love the old school 80’s horror movies when they were relevant or even “Stranger Things” then this is definitely a film to watch.

The apocalypse is only one slip away unknown to the watcher until the final moments when we are left wondering, “What happens next?”

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Zombieland is the 2nd horror mixed comedy movie to be released to represent the zombies in a fun way. The film was released in 2009, and it is set in post-apocalyptic-themed zombie land.

In the movie, you will see Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, and Abigail Breslin in action, who are struggling for their lives in a zombie apocalypse.

In a fun way, you see that the movie revolves around a geek college student, who is trying to make his way through the zombie apocalypse, encountering three different strangers along his journey and together taking an extended trip across the Southwestern US.

Vicious Zombies are waiting for Survivors

Despite having loads of weapons, there are several locations where all characters will trap and try their best to come out.

So, as a team, they need to struggle to find a sanctuary free from vicious zombies. Where did the  story start, and what actually happened? Let’s explore it!

Almost two months have been passed since the mad cow disease’s strain transformed into an insane person infection that also became mad zombie disease, overrun the whole US, turning lots of people into brutal zombies.

However, the survivors of the zombie epidemic have discovered and learned that they don’t need to attack with other survivors because they could become zombies at any moment.

In the start, an unaffected college kid named Columbus is trying to make his way from his college in Austin to Columbus, to visit his parents.

During the journey, he meets another survivor named Tallahassee, who is famous and violent in smashing zombies.

Although he doesn’t seem to be sociable, Tallahassee somewhat permits the college kid to travel with him.
Humanity is standing at the Edge of Destruction

Mankind never got around to reading the guide of zombie survival, and now, vicious zombies are increasing day by days, attacking people to inject the virus to make all people like them.

Zombies are ugly, slowly moving, and sometimes crawling creatures, who’re looking for fresh blood to maintain their thirst of blood. The survivors are better choices for them to gain a new supply of their food.

So, in the movie, Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) explores Zombieland, while in another hand, Columbus runs across Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson). After that, two of them meets sisters named as Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) and Witchita (Emma Stone).

The survivor girls are also attempting to get to Pacific Playland. So, Little Rock has just a small moment of feelings similar to a kid again, but there’s not enough push beyond that. Tallahassee is just looking for some action before everything went wrong. While Columbus, instead of action, wants to follow his various survival rules, similar to brushing a girl’s hair back over her ears.

 

Experience Horror mixed Comedy Movie

If all these things seem silly, then that’s the point, Zombieland is a horror-comedy movie which fewer focuses on light horror but the heavy emphasis on comedy. It’s awesomely a road trip movie with elements of episodic comedy splattered with violent scenes.

And, I’m sure you’re expecting lots of fun. However, the film isn’t in honor for post-zombie movies like Shaun of the Dead, or even attempting to re-imagine then like 28 Days Later.

It merely knows common zombie survival mistakes with some humor and then has the main character, a kid who describes him as a rule like Cardio or the Double Tap, means not being panic with your weapons and ensuring your un-dead has become dead and dead.

With all these rules in mind, all characters are free to immerse themselves in inventive and hilarious kills, primarily belonging to Tallahassee.

While the narration of Jesse Eisenberg perfects suits with the tone of the movie, the real hero here is Harrelson as he amazingly transforms into zombie killing machine, in itself an art.

Most sane people would never charge at the rank of zombie with a set of hedge-clippers as their weaponry of selection, but for Tallahassee, you definitely receive the feeling that he’s doing it efficiently because he’s never slaughtered a zombie that way before.

During the movie, Harrelson is experiencing so much fun similar to that idea of the narration of Eisenberg, he ultimately sets the tone, and the joy is infectious.

Fictional West Coast Amusement Park

Moreover, the film concludes in a fictional West Coast Amusement Park, thoroughly plagued by brutal zombies. All survivors need to run away from the park to save their lives.

However, one-half-expects a unique Clark Griswold to display – where, as it’s unique in the genre, the balance between the comedy and action tilts instead of heavily bending toward the ex.

But, unlike, the move never falls out of kilter; the different recreations at the fictional amusement park provides more than a few entertainment ways while dispatching the undead creatures.

In one of the intense scenes, the hero Columbus stops his zombie female neighbor. She chases him to survive while scaring from the zombie. Upon gradually navigating the land, she breaks her ankle, snaps her neck by thumping her with toilet cover.

An arsenal of weaponry includes shotguns and machine guns, splash all eyeballs and intestines almost everywhere. In the last, that takes place in an amusement park, all four survivors of the movie blast away. Vicious zombies splat to the land from fifty feet in the air, are brutally smashed and thrown flying by twirling rides and are brutally shredded by massive automatic fire.

There’s one thing I really appreciate about this movie is that it doesn’t avoid the concept of character development. So, don’t misunderstand, because they’re by no means fully realized, 3D entities, they are more caricatures. Each scene has some nine memorable moments. The movie is full of fun, entertainment, and horror as well.

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Central to the theme is the fact that the Archeology Professor (Andrew Wilson) has made it his mission in life to find a local couple who went missing. This couple was searching for the Fountain of Youth when they disappeared.

He locates their old their van overgrown by vegetation next to a mysterious cave.

Inside the mouth of the cave, he sees a man carrying a revolver frozen motionless like a prehistoric fly in amber. Not to be deterred he decides eventually to enter into the cave.

After no one hears from the professor for a few days, two of his students Taylor (Reiley McClendon) and Jackie (Brianne Howey) decide to go searching for him. They ask for the help of their friend Cara(Cassidy Gifford) to drive them to where he was last known to be exploring.

The trio is forced to take a younger sibling Veeves (Olivia Drguicevich) and her innocent yet slightly obnoxious neighborhood friend Furby (Max Wright) along with them.

When they find the Professor’s vehicle, they decide to make their way into the cave. Furby stays behind outside in case things go wrong.

Inside they begin to experience strange phenomena. Their lifeline to the outside becomes cut, and communication with Furby becomes impossible. They are forced to go deeper inside to find a way out.

Things take a significant turn for the worse as they find a boy who has fallen into a shaft from outside. They slowly begin to realize that they are trapped in a loop inside the space-time continuum.

Time passes much faster inside the cave than it does outside. Just how much quicker is up for debate. It appears to quicken the deeper in the cave they travel.

Savage men living inside the cave find them and the explorers are forced to fight or flight. What follows is probably one of the wildest and most original sets of events that I have seen in a very long time.

Why is this here? Well, not to spoil too much but there is an apocalypse, you don’t get to see it, but you do get to see the results.

The movie punches above its weight. The film doesn’t rely heavily on special effects, but those that are there are, in a word, amazing. Hardly the hokey effects of most Indie Films, these are used sparingly and to great effect for both shock and awe.

One of the pivotal reveals comes at a time that is both well placed and jaw-dropping.

 

Acting is of an acceptable level, and the chemistry between all actors is excellent. Suspension of belief never breaks.

Character development is good. You care about what happens to these characters and like them. When something happens to Furby, I was saddened by it.

What is indeed the star of the show here is the storytelling. The story itself is excellent. I remarked to a friend that I had watched people in a cave for almost an hour and thirty minutes, and it held my attention.

Which is impressive if you think about it. How can someone watch people in a cave for that long and not get bored?

The pacing is good. The movie moves along at a nice pace, so there is not a moment when you are bored waiting for some plot device or development to emerge.

As far as Indie films go, this is definitely one of the better ones. If you are tired of zombies, raiders, cannibals and the rest of post apoc tropes, then this is a film to watch.

It is interesting, holds your attention and gives an entirely different premise to post-apoc while never really being too much of a post-apocalypse sci-fi movie.

There is some controversy as to whether or not there are aliens in the film. I personally think that this is a misidentification. I don’t believe that there are aliens in the movie, but rather something else entirely.

Some others state that not everything entirely adds up and that there are some logical mistakes. I say that there is no reason to over analyze the film and merely to take it at face value.

It is much more enjoyable, and there is no need to write an overly critical scientific thesis on the nature of space and time.

If you have an hour and a half to spare and want to watch an exciting and entertaining movie, this would be a good choice.

It has won numerous awards including Hollywood Film Festival Most Innovative Narrative Feature,2018 Hill Country Film Festival Audience Award Winner, 2018 El Paso Film Festival Producer Award.

I’m giving this five stars.

Director: Ben Foster, Mark Dennis
Cast: Reiley McClendon, Brianne, Howey, Cassidy Gifford, Olivia Draguicevich, Max Wright, Andrew Wilson
Screenplay: Mark Dennis
Cinematography: Mike Simpson
Music: Xiaotian Shi
U.S. Distributor: Giant Interactive
Run Time: 1:30
U.S. Release Date: 2018-11-02
MPAA Rating: “NR” (Violence, Profanity)
Subtitles: none

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IO

I don’t know whether it’s the cinematography or the overall feel of the film that initially pulls you in. But you are instantly drawn into this world in which some ecological event has made the air dangerous

. It instantaneously gives the feeling of loneliness as you watch the main character walks around in solitude attempting to find signs of life in an abandoned earth.


It’s worth watching if you don’t mind a beautiful film with a very weak ending. More of a character study than an actual movie.

It would have been great as a side story in another film.


Main Story


Nearly the entire population of Earth has left on vessels to live in orbit around IO one of the moons of Jupiter.

There, unseen throughout the movie they are attempting to find a new habitable planet for the survivors of Earth.

The main character, Sam aka. Samantha has decided to continue the work of her father, a scientist who has died at some point in the recent past.

Until without notice a man arrives in a hot air balloon to meet with her father. ( It sounds more ridiculous than it is, inside the world it makes sense.)


Tension builds as the man discovers that the father scientist has died and he has made the trip for nothing.

The last vessel leaving the earth is scheduled to leave in a few days, the wind is going in the wrong direction for the air balloon to make the trip.

When the site of the launch is changed (it is the last vessel, but then they change location?) they don’t have enough helium for the balloon.

The film doesn’t fall apart, but the ending is so lackluster that I was left mildly disappointed. It’s a film that is filled with a post-apo atmosphere, and the sets are very good looking and visually striking.

The only problem is the plot is so full of holes that you wonder whether or not all this art direction would have been better off in another film.


Margaret Qualley is enjoyable to watch as “Sam.” The young protagonist of the film and is believable as an overly intelligent dumbass with a fast and loose moral compass.

Anthony Mackie who plays “Micah” playing alternatively between angry and attempting to be helpful.


You see more the beginnings of an abusive relationship in his character than someone who is trying to help.

They eventually end up together at the end of the movie, and it isn’t really shocking so much as it is kind of a weird response.


Danny Huston is there to portray the father in a few brief scenes. His portrayal is wooden and could have been played by literally anyone else.

I’m not damning his acting abilities; it is just that you see him so little that it is basically not even worth having him in the film.


Decent movie if you are bored.

A movie you can watch and get up in during the middle of it and not have to worry about finishing later.


The tag line of the movie should have been, “IO, it’s ok I guess.”

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Zardoz
What is it about?

If there is one movie that is in serious need of a revival/reboot, it is the 1974 Post Apocalyptic film Zardoz.
You can find hints, easter eggs and references to the movie everywhere. Excalibur, Pulp Fiction, Dark City, Wonder Boys, Futurama, Rick and Morty and countless other instances in movie fandom discussions.
But why has no one ever seen it?
Because it’s old, it was released in 1974. It also has one of the most incredibly terrible opening scenes in perhaps the entirety of cinema history.

But what follows is an incredibly thoughtful and thought-provoking film.
The second scene is an amazing one in which we watch a terrifying stone head tell his followers to go forth and kill.
Sean Connery stars as Zed, a man who discovers that his entire world is a lie.


The god Zardoz is the creation of Frayn, a descendant of the rich.


What we discover throughout the movies is that the rich and powerful followed a genius scientist behind the sanctuary of an impenetrable wall called the vortex. This kept them safe during the Apocalypse.


This scientist invented a method to transfer consciousness into diamonds. This new technology also enables a form of psychic abilities via these implanted gems.


Once the people experience death, they are reconstructed, and their being is transferred into a newly constructed body, undergoing a method to cheat death and become immortal.


This, however, has the side effect that the men become completely impotent and are wholly unable to produce erections.
Experiences are transferred into a supercomputer Artificial Intelligence, which collects and then stores what is to be the sum of all of mankind’s intelligence and knowledge (at least the rich ones anyway).


Meanwhile, the poor and middle class were prevented from entering the Vortex. The apocalypse is unnamed, it is not the main plot point of the story.


Perhaps more terrifying than the apocalypse is the fact that we learn that the immortals, either through apathy or direct action, have created a post-apocalypse where this false god commands it’s followers to “go forth and kill.” To kill normal people.


When you see the average population (Brutals as they are referred to) strolling around in dirty business attire, you are left wondering why would they need to die. The only reason is that they reproduce. The average man can and does make more people.

The post-apocalyptic landscape isn’t an irradiated hell hole, no mutated monsters are wandering the land. It is fertile, plants are growing everywhere.
In fact, it is because of this that Zed, Sean Connery, rebels and kills his god because he is commanded not to destroy but to gather the Brutals to sow and harvest wheat.
The Immortals cannot feed themselves and find that they need the Brutals to eat. At the same time, they seem to be unwilling to do it themselves wishing only to do the tasks that they want, even though they seem to be incredibly bored with the very act of living.

The Good

The movie is thought-provoking. It is an entirely new version of post-apocalypse, even though it is ancient. Rarely do you find an intriguing film such as this.

Maybe that is why it has not gained incredible mass appeal but seems to have a long-lasting influence on media influencers in the form of homage.

You can tell that the period that produced this film had no idea, no real vocabulary to express the kind of technology that was being used in this future post apoc. It is as if you are looking in at a prophesy as expressed by Nostradamus.

A childless wealthy leadership that looks upon the average man as verminous simpletons to be manipulated and killed by invaders chosen at whim by the rich. Ordinary citizens who are then only be turned into a cheap form of labor to sustain the existence of the wealthy elite.

What kind of parallel could you find in today’s world?

The Bad
The movie is dated. The many cringe-worthy elements don’t end at the opening scene. It is chock full of 1970’s cheese and pseudo-mystical elements related to this era.


My wife (who didn’t really watch it) commented on the considerable amount of nipples on display throughout the film. For me, it wasn’t of any interest as I am not interested in man nipple or the occasional tiny female breast.


The ending is somewhat nonsensical and it along with other scenes feel more like a crappy art film than a major production.


The takeaway
If you can watch older films and can take them with an eye towards attempting to reference them in the time frame that they were made, this is an excellent film.


It will be difficult for most to watch in today’s world, but it is perhaps one of the most highly underrated movies of a post-apocalyptic nature.

Book Review – Playful Preparedness

Book Review – Playful Preparedness

Author: Tim Young

The main desire of any parent is for their child to have the best life possible.

With that in mind, one of the things that a parent hopes for is that their child can navigate the world even in the worst of catastrophes.

That being said, there is still the small problem of determining what is too little and also what is just too much.
That is where Playful Preparedness excels, at striking a balance between the two. It is like a Goldilocks guide for child preparedness.

The exercises that you find inside the book are simple but very effective. There is nothing there that would make a child frightened or unwilling to at least practice survival skills.


The initial introduction is somewhat a little too “prepper” in it’s over the top scare tactics. I was a little off put at first by this and thought that maybe it was going to be overboard and heavy-handed in what it might offer.


I was then pleasantly surprised. The activities inside the book would be fun for small children. There was nothing here that would make a child uneasy for frightened.

I could see the value in the activities as well as their potential value for developing life skills.


Each game is broken down into six sections. These are Summary, Concepts Taught, Materials Required, Before the Activity, How to Play and Assessment.


The summary gives a brief explanation of the skill being taught. An example of one of the games called Guts!: Help your children become aware of the value of their “gut instincts” by discussing feelings in different scenarios.


Concepts taught is just that. For example, the author uses “Trusting Instincts” and “Fire Extinguishing Skills” as a couple of ideas.


Materials required are self-explanatory. A few of the games need some materials, most of which can be found in the home. Others require nothing besides your guidance.


Before the Activity, gives you tips on how to get ready for the game so that you can identify better scenarios or conditions that would be favorable to educating your child.


How to play, explains the game in detail and Assessment gives you as the parent a guide on what to look for and maybe advice on how to guide your child a little on the lesson learned.


The games are cute and simple. However, they are also effective at teaching children skills without causing life long trauma.


I recommend the book not only for Preppers but for anyone that is concerned with making sure that their child is capable and ready for different situations.

I can see how playing these games while a child is young could help develop confidence in a child, in their self-reliance and understanding of the world.